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Matthew Pryor of Marion County, TN One Line From a Looney

I mentioned Peter Looney from Botetourt County in a post earlier this week (see post). Now for something to chew on this weekend. There’s a man named Peter Looney counted one line from Matthew Pryor on the 1830 Census in Marion County, TN.

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Sumner County Pryors in Robertson County, TN

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Chart - BotetourtHere’s another morsel for our search for Tennessee Pryors. I had to differ back to the Botetourt County chart I made last year (above).

Mary Pryor married John Hannah on 20th January 1791 in Sumner county, TN. I have in my notes that William Pryor was surety for this marriage.

I see there’s an 1802 deed in Robertson county between James and Thomas Haynes on the Red River bordering Kentucky. This was near Logan County, KY. This deed also mentions that the land bordered property owned by “Hannah and Pryor” and adjoined William Pryor‘s corner. (see truncated deed). The deed is in Deed Book F, p. 318. Dated 6 Oct 1802.

Hmmm… Haynes? At times it feels like a game of Concentration with a never-ending deck of cards! Haynes was a name that I mentioned in a recent post: William Haynes May Connect Jefferson County KY Pryors in Tennessee and Missouri.  Last year I wrote about William Pryor of Stewart County, TN as the likely candidate for the surety for Mary Pryor and John Hannah: William Pryor of VA, TN, AL, and Texas – Kin to Richard Pryor.  You know where I”m going with this… I think he’s the same William who was in Sumner County, and perhaps the same one who was in Stewart County.

Remember William Pryor was supposed to have been from Botetourt County? Well, how about this transaction in Sumner County that involved Hannah and Looneys who hailed from Botetourt County, VA?

14 August 1790
Isaac Bledsoe paid for a slave named Sall. Signed John D. Hannah, Sumner County, NC
Peter Looney, Robert Looney

And well if you Google Haynes’ from Botetourt and Robertson Counites… well, a Haynes family went from Botetourt to Robertson County.

KY Pioneers Who Signed the Low Dutch Petition in 1783

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john-pryor-bearcreekI looked at the KY pioneers who were signers of the Low Dutch petition for land in 1783 (see post), hoping to see if there were clues to where these men were living when they signed the document. One signer was John Galloway. I have a man by that name in my Pryor database, but is it the same man?

1780 Court Record – On 9 Mar 1780, “This court doth recommend John Robinson as Captain, John Galloway Lieut, and Thomas Carper for Ensign to a Company of Militia in this County. Also Joseph PRYOR Capt., John Crawford Lieut, and Hugh Allen Ensign to Militia Company in this County (Note: George Skillern was present, serving as a justice). — A Botetourt County, VA court record from ANNALS OF SOUTH WEST VIRGINIA

There were 2 John Galloways– each one served on the Virginia frontier.

#1 is the Lieut. John Galloway who is the man mentioned in the 1780 Botetourt County court record. He states in his Revolutionary War pension application that he joined Capt. Matthew Arbuckle’s company in 1776 and served at Point Pleasant or Fort Randolph. When his term of service was up he received a commission (the Botetourt court record) in the Milita that took him to the Battle of Guilford Court House, NC (March 1781) and later that year the capture of Cornwallis’ arm at Yorktown. There’s  no mention in his application of when and how he arrived in KY. He was living in Garrard County, KY in 1818.

My gut tells me that #2 John Galloway is the one who signed the petition of the Low Dutch Inhabitants in 1783.

  • He went to KY in 1781.
  • In 1782 he served under General George Rogers Clark in battling Indians into Ohio.
  • “1783 under Col Isaac Cox to he marched to Floyd fork & crossed it, ascended to Bullskin and marched to the Burnt station…, which had been Burnt by the indians two days previous who killy [killed] Neel Davis.” [John Galloway #R3877, transcribed by C. Leon Harris on revwarapps.org]. I did some Googling and found that Floyd fork was near Louisville and Bullskin may be Bullskin creek in southwest OH, today in Clermont County.

While it’s not 100% proof, it’s sounding like Galloway #2 and perhaps John Prior were both in Jefferson County in 1783. So I looked at other names. Amos Goodwin is a signer on the same page. He filed for a Revolutionary War pension (Pension Application #W2096) in 1832 in Jefferson County, KY.  He recounts joining  his unit at “the Falls of the Ohio” in 1780. Amos was 83 years old on the 1850 Census and was counted in Jefferson County.

Joseph Pryor – A Botetourt County Indenture

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I’m still hearing the siren song of those old Virginia Chancery Court cases. I think I’m hooked. There are two cases that nicely tie together the Pryors who were in Augusta County with those in Botetourt County.

A 1797 Indenture filed in Botetourt County Joseph Pryor, his wife Mary vs. the family of Peter Seacat, deceased. Joseph Pryor bought land on the Roaoke River from James Campbell, executor of the Nathaniel Evans’ estate.

It sounds like the transaction went terribly wrong because William Norvell and George Hancock filed suit in June 1800 against Joseph Pryor, the Elder and Joseph Pryor Jr. This is a meaty suit… over 70 pages… with a large cast of characters. It looks like it wrapped up in 1804. Depositions were taken of William Skillern, John Griffith, Susannah Campbell wife of William Campbell, and John Pryor. It refers to the land bought on the Roanoke from Evans.  Some of the papers were served on parties by Samuel Pryor.

The 1800 case identifies Joseph Pryor, the Elder as the father of Joseph Pryor Jr. and Joseph Jr  as the father of John Pryor. Samuel Pryor was not ID’d.  All of these Pryors were stated to be of “lawful” age– if that’s 21 years old– making them all born before 1780.  Just a guess-ta-mate, Joseph Sr. could be 60, Joseph Jr could be 40, and John 21. Of course they could be a bit older or younger than that.

William Skillern‘s name pops out. Look back at Captain Preston’s Pryors – Payments Made During French Indian War and there he is! In 1758 (during the French Indian War) William Skillhern witnessed a payment made to Richard Pryor.

 

 

Richard and Mourning Pryor: Christian County, KY Tie-In

Richard Pryor and Other Pryors Genealogy Chart

I’d like to thank Beverly Watson from the My Jackson Purchase Families website for starting a new conversation on Richard and Mourning Pryor (his wife). She found in the Christian County records on FamilySearch.org an estate inventory and sale for a John Prior Sr. who died in about 1806/1807.

The Christian County estate sale occurred 25 July 1807 and the list of people who purchased from the estate are as follows (the list was written phonetically and I’ve tried to sub-in some common spellings of names):

Robert Sharrard, Elizabeth PRIOR, John PRYOR, Elizabeth Henkman (or Kirkman), James PRYER, John Burdine, Obadiah Dewhit (DeWhitt), John Bayley (Bailey), Vinson Layston, Jacob Dalmaldson (possibly Donaldson?), Hoxa Boren, James Nunn, Able Crawford, Matthias House, William Dunlop, Peter Simon, John Burdine.

There was a John Pryor on the 1794 Tax list in Logan County. In 1796 John Pryor Sr. and John Pryor Jr. were chain carriers when Richard Pryor‘s land was surveyed in the same county. It’s likely that John Sr. is the John Pryor counted on the 1800 Tax list in Logan County with a James Pryor. And that John Sr. and John Jr were the men (or some of the men) who married in Logan County:

Rebecca Baily married John PRIOR on 11 Jan 1800
Polly Heathman married John PRIOR on 22 May 1800
Elizabeth Crawford married John PRIOR on 12 Mar 1803
Yes, there is a Crawford and a Bailey listed on the estate sale which may support that these families married into the Pryors.

It’s  not that Christian County and Logan County are near each other on a map, as I read through documents I began to see names from Logan County on Christian County documents. For instance, Finis Ewing (founder of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church) is in Wikipedia as a resident of Logan County (no mention of Christian County), yet I found in Christian County (see the estate of James and Ethelred Scoggins, 1809). And if you remember an older post, an Elijah Ewing was often found on records near Richard Pryor and people suspected to be from his line of Pryors.

Beverly also found that a Mrs. Elizabeth Pryor married Absolom Bert (or Best) on 6 August 1808 in Logan County. Perhaps Elizabeth is the widow of John Pryor Sr.– an Elizabeth Pryor purchased his watch from the estate sale and the 1808 marriage is near the time of John Sr.’s death.

The recent DNA testing has only pointed out again just how many John and William Pryors were running around TN and elsewhere. It’s frustrating, however by following the paper trail I think we’re getting a better idea of who is who.

The Pryor Chart

So, lets look at the chart. I think there’s certainly some fodder here, some food for thought, some fuel for more record searching.

  1. John Pryor Sr. John was referred to as Sr. on both the Logan Co. survey of Richard Pryor’s land and in his 1807 Estate in Christian Co. There’s a possibility that these Johns were one person.
  2. John Pryor. There’s a John Pryor, not differentiated with Jr. nor Sr., who was “bonded” in Sumner Co., in 1791 in a court case with Howell Tatum. Has anyone ever looked at this document? Howell Tatum. An 1802 indenture, a land record in Smith County [Deed Book B, Pages 94-95], names Mourning White, formerly Mourning Prior, and land described as formerly belonging to Howell Tatum. There’s so many John Pryors, this John and John Sr. may be one man or two, however they both may have had ties to Richard Pryor.
  3. James Pryor. Again we may have one man or two. James B. Pryor b. 1788 in VA and counted in 1850 in Pike Co., IL was the widow of Rebecca Pryor whose obit stated they had lived in Christian County, KY AND Stewart County, TN. Then isn’t it interesting that a James Pryor purchased items from the estate of John Sr. in 1807 also in Christian County? And there’s a James Pryor named on Stewart County documents with the William “of Botetourt County”.
  4. William Pryor and Richard Pryor – As discussed under John and James, William appears to be connected to both of these Pryor names. The survey of Richard’s land in Logan County was witnesses by John Sr and John Jr. William and Richard are associated with the Ewings: Elijah, Robert, James.